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How do i move OS from harddrive to SSD ? and format the harddrive?

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August 23, 2012 12:07:34 AM

Currently i have my OS on my old HDD, i bought new SSD and i now i need to move the whole OS (win 7 oem version) to the new SSD so i can close and open it faster. How do i do that? please show step by step ( give pics if possible)

Plus, i tried to format my old HDD and it said that the HDD is containing the Windows version i am using, so i guess after i move my OS to the SSD i can format the HDD right? If so, how can i format the HDD? When i right click on the C drive, i see the open "format" but i dont know what to do after that.
August 23, 2012 4:01:39 AM

There are many options.

The easy safe solution is to,
A) Remove existing HDD & connect SSD instead.
B) Install a fresh copy of Windows on SSD from DVD.
C) Reconnect HDD
D) Change the disk boot order in BIOS to make SSD 1st boot drive
E) Copy across any files you need from HDD and re-install apps you need.
F) Remove and keep old HHD as backup, and don't reformat it.

Other options include imaging HDD drive and copying image to SSD. But you can run into problems if SSD is smaller than HDD (as they often are).
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August 28, 2012 7:43:40 AM

You could directly migrate your OS to SSD without re-installing any thing with AOMEI partition assistant, like this tutorial: http://www.disk-partition.com/help/migrate-system-wizar... What's more for windows 7, you could use their free home edtion.

But you should note that in order to make the SSD faster, you should enable AHCI mode in BIOS, but before you enable AHCI you must reconfigure the "Regedit" otherwise you could not boot the computer. there is a way to safely enable AHCI mode.

1. Startup "Regedit
2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / SYSTEM / CurrentControlset / Services
3. Open msahci
4. In the right field left click on "start" and go to Modify
5. In the value Data field enter "0" and click "ok"
6. exit "Regedit"
7. Reboot Rig and enter BIOS (hold "Delete" key while Booting

In your BIOS select "Integrated Peripherals" and OnChip PATA/SATA Devices. Now change SATA Mode to AHCI from IDE.

You now boot into windows 7, the OS will recognize AHCI and install the devices. Now the system needs one more reboot and voilla .. enjoy the improved SSD performance.
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August 28, 2012 12:26:04 PM

Cloning from a hard drive to an SSD will not fix the sector alignment problem. Your SSD will under perform. It's best to resintall the OS onto the SSD. Be sure to switch the bios to AHCI before installing windows. Also, make sure only the SSD is attached when installing the OS. Attach the remaining deives after the OS is finished installing.
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October 15, 2012 10:51:37 PM

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October 15, 2012 10:51:54 PM

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